The Secret for Consistent Golf

Are you a golfer who works hard on your game, knowing deep inside that one breakthrough is all it will take to allow you to play the golf game you dream about?

I’m Tracy Reed, a Golf Biomechanic, Mental Game Specialist and author of Golf Swing Control. The last 30 years of my life has been spent looking for ways to break every barrier golfers experience so they can improve and play their best game possible without the frustration of backsliding every time they make a gain.

I was driven to tirelessly research for answers by my own golf game frustrations. I felt deep inside that with one really good breakthrough I could play golf as well as any professional. That’s a big belief, but it drove me until I finally discovered the lynch pin that ties the physical and mental game together.  That “lynch pin” changed everything for me.

The key to your best golf Is NOT just in your golf swing AND IT IS NOT just in your mental game!

I’m sorry to have to tell you that without a clear understanding of this one piece of the puzzle, you have no chance of mastering your golf game because your own mind will work against you… Whether you like it or not.

The cause of 90% of the troubles you face on the golf course is built into your mind from birth and it affects both your mental game and your physical golf swing.

It took over 20 years to find the answers that finally make sense to golfers and lead to consistent improvement.

The answers I discovered have been creating breakthroughs for my students. With much prodding from my wife, I decided to let the rest of the golf community in on my discoveries. Everything from correcting a slice to your worst mental game issue is now wrapped up in a simple four step solution that adds this critical “lynch pin” solution to your current golf game. Any golfer can put this solution to work for fast, lasting results without the need for any swing changes or the usual “tear down and rebuild” that so many golf instructors insist you have to do to learn their “modern golf swing”.

When you are playing well and your golf swing just quits working… Mental Coaches will tell you that it is all mental, you were probably thinking about swing technique and your conscious mind got in the way. And they are correct… But THAT’S NOT the problem driving you crazy, is it?

What happens when you’re not thinking about swing technique and the swing still isn’t working? You have two choices. You can either not think about swing technique and continue to hit crappy shots, or you can try to do SOMETHING to hit the ball better; But what can you do to turn it around?

I was motivated to make the journey from average golfer to top mental and swing coach by this very question. As a golfer and as a teacher, I wanted to find a way to improve, and play consistently without having those blow-up holes or disaster rounds.

Finding the unique information required a lot of research outside of the game of golf, including the information I learned as a former military interrogator. it wasn’t easy but I figured it out.

After many years of research and testing, I found  a much easier and faster way to:

  • Hit solid golf shots every time.
  • Have a consistent golf game that you improve at your own pace.
  • Add distance and accuracy to your golf shots
  • Fix your slice, hook, or whatever shot now haunts your game.
  • Know what golf swing you will have every time you play a round.
  • Have total mental and physical control over your golf game.

I’m not ashamed to say that when I started playing golf, I was not good (an understatement). I took golf lessons from a few different pros. The lessons seemed to go on forever, and when they were over, I seemed to settle back into the same crappy golf game within weeks of ending the instruction. I felt like I was throwing good money after bad. This “not making progress” was a new phenomenon for me, because I am a fast learner with great retention, but the harder I worked, the worse I got.

I could talk a good golf game, but I couldn’t seem to play one and on the golf course, I was often embarrassed at how poorly I played with no idea as to why I couldn’t hold it together.

I bought every golf instruction book and golf instruction video (VHS back then) available looking for answers. Some of it helped but ultimately, I still played a crappy game of golf. After all of that instruction I didn’t want to play with anyone I knew. I was sick of getting ribbed about my game.

I knew a great golf game was possible because I saw players on tour who played the type of game I wanted. I played occasionally with golfers who played the type of game I wanted, but when I asked how they did it, they couldn’t really pinpoint anything.

Because of my difficulty trying to overcome the game of golf, I made it a passion. I was going to crack this nut or die trying.

My break came a few years later when I stumbled upon a biomechanic/golf instructor who explained body movement in simple terms. It may have been because it related to the rest of my technical background, but it was like a light turned on in my head. My further research into biomechanics revealed the one secret that turned my game around almost overnight.

Suddenly my golf buddies are inviting me back to play golf and asking me to show them the secret. THEIR games changed overnight. I started answering random questions at the driving range and then it happened..

A teaching pro at a driving range told me to quit poaching his students!

I wasn’t even a golf instructor! I was just helping golfers with their games because they asked what made my swing look so good.

There’s something very important about this secret you must know.

  1. It’s not really a secret, you do this every day without realizing it.
  2. Without using this secret, your golf swing will never be consistent.
  3. Golf instructors never explain this secret to their students, even instructors I have thoroughly explained this secret to.
  4. NOT explaining this secret to golf students is a major reason golfers experience little improvement in their game despite extensive golf instruction.
  5. WITH this secret, most of your current swing flaws will go away without further golf swing instruction.

I just can’t help but wonder why something that helps golfers so much and so quickly is ignored by 99% of golf instructors teaching golf today…

Actually, there IS a good reason… You see, this secret is NOT sexy, it’s NOT complicated, and golfers are NOT flocking to learn it.

In other words, this secret doesn’t sell. As a matter of fact, this great “lynch pin” secret is so basic, it gets passed over by over 99% of golf instructors because it is just BORING!

Too bad, because paying attention to this boring secret will change your golf game forever.

Deep down, I knew I had something that golfers struggling to improve really needed more than the perpetual instruction cycle that bled my wallet dry more than once. Really, it seems just like the car companies who have new models every year; there’s always some new golf “system” that will magically cure your golf woes! New systems sell and the name of the game when it comes to golf instruction is money.

I had a big problem… I really didn’t think golfers would listen to another regular golfer who claimed he had found a secret that would turn their golf game around almost overnight… Even though I did. I needed to get real proof which was a problem because I wasn’t a real PGA instructor.

My next break came when I happened upon a golfer named John on the 9th tee one evening as I was just trying to get a few holes in. He was working on some part of his swing as I walked up and he had the look of total confusion on his face. I stayed back and watched him until he hit his tee shot. When he hit his drive, it was long but there was no way he was going to find it. That’s when I realized that I had something special, because immediately I saw exactly what was wrong with his swing and I knew the real cause. To me it was obvious, but I didn’t completely realize I was the only one who could see it.

I asked him if he was open to an idea that would get him into the fairway and he said yes. That was the start of my teaching career. In 5 minutes I had him hitting his bombs in play and 3 holes later he was asking what I charged. I told him I wasn’t an instructor and he said I should be because he wanted to be my first student. He told me that what I showed him in 15 minutes had better results than 3 weeks of lessons with the club pro. I was a little embarrassed about it at first.

I told him my story and made a deal with him, that if he would be my guinea pig, I would teach him for free. At the time he was a mid-80s golfer. 6 months later, he decided to play in a 2 day Calcutta tournament. He entered with a genuine 7 handicap and the tournament was being played on a course that he had never played. He won the tournament outright with a 73, 71.

A few months later the club had a members match play tournament. The final group was John against me. It was a great round, but he had length over me (John was 6’3″ tall) and on the 18th hole, a 525 yd par 5, he was on in two with a makeable eagle putt. He beat me on the last hole. I was proud of him and told him he didn’t need me any more.

With John and some other golfers who heard I was able to help them, I had my proof.

I decided to create this instruction into a program that golfers could easily put to work to quickly fix their game because there were a number of  golf instruction “standards” that just made me mad every time I heard a pro spout them… And I heard them all of the time.

Myths you can now ignore…

  • “It takes 6 to 12 months to rebuild your golf swing”
  • “You’ll get worse before you get better.”
  • “First you have to unlearn all of your bad habits.”

Don’t those ideas just make you want to take lessons and try to grind out a new golf swing for the next 6 – 12 months?

I knew that I just couldn’t keep this information to myself with so many golfers who suffer just like I did out there. I had to do something.

For me, its go big, or go home. I set out to shatter all of those so called “standards”so golfers didn’t need to suffer under poor instruction any more. But if you go to any PGA golf instructor even today, you WILL still fall under these rules because they just don’t teach this information.

So although my intention was to just improve my own game, it kind of snowballed…

Fast forward 30 years from my initial “hacker”days and when I look back and think about every time I thought I had this game beat, I have to laugh at myself. Unfortunately, now that I have broken the barriers for great golf,  I easily recognize golfers daily who are in many of the same stages. They are sure they have this game beat, when suddenly their golf game deteriorates without a clue as to why. I lived that scene out too many times and it is disheartening to see.

A few years back, I offered to help out a fellow instructor’s worst students. This poor guy couldn’t break 100 if his life depended on it and I kinda felt he had been given a raw deal by his instructor. My fellow instructor came to me to see if I had any ideas because after months of instruction he wasn’t getting anywhere.  I took the student, free of charge to see if I could help him. I saw this student once a week for only 3 weeks. When he came in on the fourth week he gave me a golf ball with the date, time and golf course where he shot 1 over par for nine holes!

The other instructor never spoke to me again. Go figure…

It turns out that this information isn’t just for average golfers…

PGA Tour golf professionals aren’t immune to having days where out of nowhere, the game just falls apart and nothing they do will bring it back. It’s probably worse for them, because they make their living playing golf and not knowing what is wrong is as good as a death sentence. For touring pros, the 3rd barrier (the last barrier), curing the unexplained breakdown on the golf course, is the one they need to break.

Over the years I discovered that there are basically three barriers to playing great golf as you progress in your game.

  1. Developing an effective golf swing that fits your body and that you can easily and consistently repeat. This is where most golfers are stuck.
  2. Creating accuracy and control over your golf shots
  3. Preventing the sudden deterioration of your golf game in mid round.

The solutions I created were not very well accepted by the world of professional golf instruction for a few reasons:

  • The solutions work without the need for repeated golf lessons.
  • Golfers can apply the solutions without the need of a PGA golf instructor’s watchful (and expensive) eye.
  • As long as golfers continue to apply these principles, their golf game improves consistently.
  • Some solutions can be implemented in as little as 15 minutes and cure issues traditional golf instructors can’t fix with months of instruction.
  • Adding these solutions doesn’t take six months to a year to see results; most golfers see positive results that stay with them within the first few days of using these techniques and continue to gradually build their game over time.
  • There is no need to tear down your golf swing and start over.

Of course, I realize that any golfer who has played for a while would be saying, “Impossible!” And if I hadn’t experienced the results with so many golfers and read the emails of thousands of liberated golfers myself, I would agree.

Golf instructors think I’m nuts because I have created a way to help golfers without their need to see me (and pay me) every week for months on end. To me, that doesn’t make sense. I wouldn’t do it as a golfer, so I would never ask other golfers to pay me weekly to spoon feed them lessons that don’t seem to help. I guess that’s why the PGA of America and I don’t see eye to eye.

And about this time, you might be thinking, “Why isn’t this hot shot on tour?”

Lord knows, deep down I wanted to play professionally… Until I destroyed my back lifting weights. Yeah, I was in a gym with my buddies (all single). We were doing some serious squats, so I had two spotters. When out of the blue a gorgeous female walks through the gym, (and she was very fit), in a one piece string suit. The spotter on my left was OK, he could see me and her, but the spotter on my right was looking away… at her. Just like every other male in the gym,  I was too. I lost focus and started losing the weight. The spotter on the left caught the bar, but the spotter on the right did not. Seconds later, my back was gone. That’s what 350 pounds and a girl can do to you. I’ve never been the same.

Now, practice doesn’t happen if I plan to walk the next day and I know competitive golf is never going to happen. I am lucky to play, but I refuse to give up… So I play, and walk a little funny the next day. To make up for my shortcomings, I live vicariously through my students who do want to compete.

Most of the hidden secrets I first searched out about the golf swing were simply to overcome my injury, but I quickly realized that what I was doing with my golf game would also help many of my fellow golfers play better. That’s how this all started.

25 years ago, I broke through the first barrier. I started an online newsletter and helped over 5000 golfers around the world free over a three year period, just to make sure that my instruction was sound. Once I was sure, I created an instruction manual called Golf Swing Control to help other golfers do the same.  Since then, Golf Swing Control taught 1000’s of golfers around the world to take charge of their own golf swing using very simple concepts that they already use in their daily lives

The results I heard from so many golfers were overwhelming. I thought I had found a way to beat the game of golf. After a few years some of the better golfers started asking for more. That’s when I realized I wasn’t done. I hadn’t cracked the last 2 barriers, but then again, I didn’t know they existed until my better golfers started asking for solutions. The better golfers wanted more accuracy. They wanted to hit the ball tour distance, and they wanted to be able to do it under the pressure of competition. I once again took on the challenge.

10 years ago, I broke the second barrier with Bio-Visual Focus, an inner-mind/ inner-body awareness instruction course that shows low handicap golfers how to get into the zone for every golf shot and play shots with uncanny accuracy and distance.This instruction was an extension of Golf Swing Control and gave advanced golfers almost unbelievable results. When I started helping golfers with these concepts, I could barely believe what I was seeing.

Golfers were hitting shots better with their eyes closed than they were with them open. Once I realized it wasn’t a fluke, The biggest hurdle I had at first was getting the golfers to believe what they were able to do with a golf ball when they put their mind to it properly.

I was sure Bio-Visual Focus was the only way to truly beat the game of golf after the results started coming in. But I wasn’t quite there yet…

2 years ago, I realized there was still one barrier yet to break. Some of my Bio-Visual Focus golfers were having a small problem on the golf course. Occasionally, their game would crumble, just like you sometimes see on the PGA Tour. Bio-Visual Focus had gotten them this far,and now they wanted to be indestructible under pressure.

It was a crazy stunt that led to the discovery…

I was helping coach a college team and the guys liked it when I played along with them. Problem was, I was still healing from a high sprain to my left ankle (running, go figure…) and I could barely put weight on it, let alone swing a golf club. They pleaded and one of the golfers told me that he knew with everything I had taught him that I could figure out a way. He threw down the gauntlet  and I picked it up.

I went to the range and started hitting balls off of my right foot. I almost crippled myself at first because my transition was automatic but the pain kept me off of my left foot. Then I struck a shot more solid that I ever remembered. I stepped back, ran the whole shot through my mind and broke it down, then I did it again. I had figured out a whole new way of transferring weight and it added 20 yards to my drives!

I played with the team and limped along as long as I could. When I went home I immediately started a massive research campaign to find out why I had never heard about the way I was moving weight during the swing. I searched for days and never found any reference to my new weight shift method. Then I started looking over everything I had ever taught to see if there were other tie-ins.

This new method may not have been new, but I knew that nobody had ever taught it directly. I worked with my better golfers for the next year with just this method and realized, I had cracked the last barrier in the process. You see, there is a direct link between the physical swing and the mental game that has been ignored in golf. Bio-Visual Focus teaches golfers how to use that link, but there were some limits. This method allowed the rest of the mental game that was out of reach to work perfectly.

I finally  found the source of those sudden unexplainable break-downs. This solution is a combination of Golf Swing Control, Bio-Visual Focus and some added advanced mental training that no other mental coaches are using. It works, but this one requires a bit more interaction than the first two solutions.

I have released a book that gives you the formula to go from an average golfer to an exceptional competitor at your own pace without constantly having to start over from square one. It’s called, Breaking Golf’s Last Barrier. As always, everything in this book has already been tested and proven, so you won’t be disappointed. This book is a brain dump of everything I know about playing great golf but it’s not complicated. Golf really isn’t complicated, although it certainly is made out to be when it comes to golf instruction.

The hardest part about writing this book was trying to keep everything simple. You see, with Bio-Visual Focus, I have to make sure the golfers going through the course are ready for each lesson before I let them view it. Bio-Visual Focus instruction turned out to be so powerful that taking a shortcut (as many golfers are prone to do) had bad consequences. In one case I had to go back to the basics and bring a golfer back up to his previous level so he could take the course without taking shortcuts.

I have simplified the process of golf improvement to four basic steps:

  1. Learn to control the golf swing for better distance and accuracy. This is also where you learn the cause of those weird shots that ruin your game and how to prevent them.
  2. Find the swing that fits your body and works efficiently. This is a fine tune of the first step and a bridge into step 3.
  3. Add super accuracy and distance with special simple subconscious mental training that puts you in the Zone for every shot.
  4. Total mental game control. This step takes some time, but knowing how it’s done without all of the unneeded mental fluff makes all of the difference.

This book was designed for any golfer to use the information inside to gradually progress their own game beyond what they may have ever imagined.

Here is the link to the book: Breaking Golf’s Last Barrier

Thanks,

Tracy

 

31 comments on “The Secret for Consistent Golf
  1. Chris Ullah says:

    the two main issues that are hindering my progress are:

    Transition

    And

    My short game play

    • admin says:

      Chris,
      The drill should definitely help with transition if you combine it with the setup routine from either Golf Swing Control or Bio-Visual Focus.
      The short game is a little tougher. What kind of issues are you having there?
      Tracy

  2. John Warwick says:

    My two biggest hurdles in the way of achieving a low single figure handicap (currently off 11) are:
    Tendency to come over the top and pull the ball
    Tendency to sweep the ball and not take a divot after the strike

  3. Michael Coburn says:

    This is the time I will sit and listen up. I Hope when your book comes out it will be available in hard copy or a DVDs. Looking forward to really digesting your info as I know it will be spot on.

  4. Greg says:

    Left arm breaking down on the backswing and poor weight transfer on the forward swing.

  5. Robert says:

    Consistently making solid contact with the ball first.
    Driver distance.
    Sand shots

  6. Steve says:

    Consistantly hitting the ground at the ball off the right hip, so timing I’m guessing. Secondly direction, so my alignment is out a fair bit.

  7. rich mosney says:

    1.)cannot keep head focused on ball,seem 2 b in a great hurry 2 look up..2)swaying,,rather than turning…

  8. Dick says:

    Tracy,
    Very interesting, well presented thoughts. Looking forward to reading, i.e., studying your book once published. Sounds like a winner!

    My swing is quick and hard from the top and consequently does not generate sufficient clubhead speed. As a result my hips are underotated at impact and forward inclination of the shaft is not always achieved. Recently I’ve practiced a drill of starting in the proper address position and slowly unwinding the swing to the L positiion then following the correct sequence slowly returning to impact. I do this several times and then hit a few shots incorporating the key positions within the drill. This seems to work, however, my tendency to hit hard takes over. Looking for help?
    Dick

    • Lou britt says:

      Difficult to activate hips and end up on left side with balance thus I go out to In fail to hit down and through the shot with inconsistent club face ball contact

  9. George says:

    At age 92 distance is my only problem plus I am only 5 feet 6 and 125 pounds, yet flexible. Have shot my age 800 times. Need distance to get on the green and putt for par and birdie.

  10. claes says:

    Looking forward to your book release.

    My focus at the moment in improving my game is to better the accuracy of the tee as well as more acurate long iron appoarch shots. It is especially the occational “wild” misses that I want to eliminate. I´m currently playing at HCP 12, but my next year goal is to half that. Typically eqivalent to 3 wild shots pr round.

  11. Darren says:

    My two main problems are a consistent swing and finishing on my left side.

  12. charles says:

    hiya…my major issues are…reacting negatively to noise when on the tee – always seems to throw my swing…having trouble letting go of the bad shot – usually creates a domino effect for a few holes…been down to eight but that seems a while ago…

  13. JoeL says:

    Some years back I bought your ” Golf Swing Control ” dvd’s you kept in touch for awhile & then we lost contact. About two yrs ago you started sending E-Mails with tips etc then that stopped. Question is are you still sending out info?

  14. John says:

    Hi Tracy
    Love your work. I’m single digit player for the last 10 years. I took up golf at 29.
    I’d play close to scratch if I could sink putts from 3 to 8 feet. They are killing my score.
    Ta John

  15. bill says:

    Your work is always excellent. The recent analysis of Hogan’s knee action is a great visual example of what you have been teaching about the transition for years – even decades
    my problem is waiting to get to impact -too anxious to make contact

  16. Irene Tennant says:

    I always seem to want to hurry my downswing and to look up before striking the ball.

  17. Clive says:

    I feel as if l need to get my upper body shoulders arms and hands together to arrive at impact correctly.Could you please help or am I analizing myself wrongly??..

  18. Adi says:

    1. Over the top backswing
    2. “Chicken wing”post impact

  19. Pelle says:

    Not being able to use full potential (of my current skills) on a round. I can make birdies on any hole of my home course, but still stuck at hcp 16.

    It’s not about the individual skills or holes, its getting out more 50% of those skills over a full round.

  20. Dean says:

    My two main problems are a consistent swing and finishing on my left side.

    • admin says:

      Consistency comes from monitoring and controlling your balance during the golf setup and swing. To finish on your left side you must make the backswing on the right side. Usually I find that golfers with this issue think they are making a backswing on the right side but if they tried lifting their left foot while holding the top of the backswing, they would have to move more weight to the right. This is a good simple test to see where your weight really is during the backswing.
      Tracy

  21. Dan Denbow says:

    Tracy,

    This is more of a thanks than anything else. A few days ago I found your setup routine video about dynamic positioning. I bookmarked the page with the intention of trying it eventually, as I continuously fight setting up too closed. I play to an 8 index and know I can get lower if I can get more consistent with my setup.

    Anyway, I teed off on the first hole yesterday and flared one 40 yards right into a hazard and made double-bogey. When I got to the 2nd tee I remembered your video and figured what the hack, I’ll try it out. Long story short, I went 2 under the rest of the way and shot 36. I’m hooked now and even though it was just one 9 hole round, I know this works. Tried it at the range today and practiced ingraining my new setup routine.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I will be getting your new book when it comes out!

  22. robert says:

    Left arm breaking down on the backswing and poor weight transfer on the forward swing.

  23. tom wild says:

    transition and coming over the top

  24. Russell Hentze says:

    Tracy, please private email me back. I play about once every two weeks with no practice in-between (busy work and home life) and shoot 77-84. I been playing golf like that since I was 13 and love the game. I love the game with a passion and can the passion with the talent and feel I can play competitively and make a living playing if I could dedicate the time to it. My point is this, I feel I had a breakthrough like you talking about. I stumbled across this blog by Chance but I would like to talk more about this with you. I’m 32, drive it 295+ with accuracy, have a great feel/short game. I would love for you to work with me.

    Thanks,
    Russell.

  25. Mark S. Pincus says:

    just bought your book and it co.es via amazon aug 23 2016. is therer dvds. are there anything other products. i am enjoying your balance video. i asked aquestion last week regarding driver position when setting up. i know iron setup but still confused on driver.

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